Talon FAST™ and Microsoft Azure NetApp Files Modernize Unstructured Data Management in the Distributed Enterprise

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Joint solution streamlines IT storage by centralizing unstructured data

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“Through the integration with Talon Storage, Azure NetApp Files users can increase collaboration and agility worldwide with the ability to extend their centralized, cloud-based pool of data to their global community,” Anthony Lye, SVP and general manager, Cloud Data Services business unit, NetApp.

Talon, the leading provider of software solutions that allow organizations to centralize and consolidate IT storage infrastructure while delivering fast and secure access to the centralized data for users, today announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to provide their joint customers with the ability to easily centralize and consolidate branch office IT storage assets. With Talon FAST™ Intelligent File Caching software and Microsoft Azure NetApp Files, enterprises can control their unstructured data and how they access data globally, eliminating complexity and providing significant cost savings.

Industry analysts report that 85% of companies are actively adopting a cloud transformation strategy, combining on-premise, hybrid, and public cloud services with storage technology to host both structured and unstructured data. Consolidation of this data into Azure NetApp Files, enhanced with Talon FAST™, provides branch offices with immediate, streamlined access to centralized company data with locally cached, active data sets.

“Azure NetApp Files was designed to provide the world’s most demanding file-based applications a powerful data platform in Azure that customers could count on,” said Anthony Lye, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Data Services business unit, NetApp. “Through the integration with Talon Storage, Azure NetApp Files users can increase collaboration and agility worldwide with the ability to extend their centralized, cloud-based pool of data to their global community.”

Talon FAST™ Intelligent File Caching software and Azure NetApp Files, a native Azure service built on NetApp technology, together help unify the distribution and presentation of this globally accessible content for distributed storage and business applications and provides:

  • A “single set” of centralized data transparently available throughout the distributed enterprise, at the datacenter, in branch offices, and remote locations as well as within the Azure Intelligent Cloud
  • Benefits from a software-based solution that delivers global file sharing and collaboration with central file locking, which allows for flexibility, scalability, ease of deployment, and simplified management
  • Delivery of a unified approach to global file sharing that eliminates locally managed storage and backups
  • A high-performance end-user experience for critical business applications on-premise as well as in the cloud
  • A cost-effective solution that simplifies IT service management for the enterprise

“Finding innovative, cost-effective ways to leverage cloud-based platforms remains a high priority for the global enterprises we are speaking with,” said Henry Baltazar, Research Vice President at 451 Research. “Solutions like Talon’s FAST provide global caching and data access and data consolidation capabilities that enable cloud services such as Azure NetApp Files to extend the reach of their storage and data management capabilities beyond cloud-native application environments to on-premises data centers, remote offices and edge locations.”

“In today’s distributed enterprises, 70% of data currently resides “at the edge” and there's a significant need for organizations to secure and manage those file sets more effectively, and preferably centrally, said Andrew Mullen, SVP, Talon. “Organizations will benefit from the technical and business architecture that Talon FAST™, in combination with Azure NetApp Files, provides. This approach will transform global enterprise’s multi-site data access and high performance collaboration by guaranteeing improved end-user productivity and business data protection.”

The Talon FAST™ / Microsoft Azure NetApp Files solution is immediately available.

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About Talon
Talon, a leader in next generation software-defined storage solutions, enables enterprises to centralize and consolidate IT storage infrastructure, while bringing data closer to their users, enabling enterprise global file sharing and collaboration. This results in streamlined IT management and improved end user productivity. From its headquarters in Mount Laurel, NJ and its global locations, Talon serves the largest Global 2000 organizations including the most established architectural, construction, engineering, energy, offshore and manufacturing companies.
Talon FAST™ is a trademark of Talon Storage Solutions, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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